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Automotive Technician

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Summary

Test, diagnose, and repair automotive equipment including cars and light trucks.

What does an Automotive Technician do?

Automotive technicians diagnose systems in cars including the electrical system, engine, transmission, suspension, brake, and emissions. To diagnose problems, you work with testing equipment that is both mechanical and electronic, as well as your five senses. You recreate the issue the client is experiencing and analyze the problem using sight, sound, and the analysis of computer diagnostics. Once you’ve diagnosed the issue, you communicate to the service advisor, other employees, and the client what you’ve found and suggest the needed repairs. Once you have the approval from your peers, boss, or client, you make the needed repairs. Some of the many tools you will use are pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding torches, jacks, and hoists. Automotive technicians are often required to use their own hand tools. The qualities of an excellent automotive technician are attention to detail, problem-solving skills, dexterity, and customer service skills. The educational requirements for an automotive tech usually include a high school diploma or GED plus ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. This certification is usually completed as part of an associate’s degree from an educational facility.

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